The Kennedy-Mighell Report

The Kennedy-Mighell Report

Hear how technology can help attorneys, legally speaking, with two of the top legal technology experts. Authors and lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell host this Legal Talk Network show.

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April 23, 2021 37 min

Legal-adjacent careers are cropping up in a whole slew of surprising new areas, and recent graduates and seasoned lawyers alike are finding themselves drawn to these new professional opportunities. Dennis and Tom talk through some of these careers, from legal operations to technology to e-discovery and more, and give their take on how law degrees and/or legal expertise can be used to pivot into these new roles. Then, in another edi...

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It’s time for the fourth and final pillar of the Second Brain project – sharing. Dennis and Tom discuss their differing theories on this pillar and explain what “sharing” might look like within their individual projects. Next, in the second installment of their “Hot or Not” segment, they discuss the increase in sales of desktop computers and give their take on this somewhat surprising trend.

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March 26, 2021 38 min

In this new age of all-virtual conferences, there have certainly been a few growing pains throughout the process of moving content online. So, how did TECHSHOW 2021 fare in this new medium? Dennis and Tom share thoughts on their attendee experiences this year, discussing which elements of the conference were highly successful and pointing out a few small quibbles. Later, they introduce a brand-new segment—Hot or Not?—this time, dec...

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March 12, 2021 36 min

APIs (application programming interfaces) have already changed the world, but lawyers could be using them so much more. Dennis and Tom offer a variety of examples of how APIs improve our daily lives and discuss existing and potential uses in the legal field that promote better lawyering and more access to justice. In their second segment, Dennis and Tom geek out over the idea of mediated reality, which is considered an umbrella for...

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February 26, 2021 39 min

Dennis and Tom return to their ongoing personal knowledge management project: the Second Brain. In previous episodes, they discussed the ‘capture’ and ‘organization’ elements of the project, and are now ready to move on to the third pillar—action! They talk through how they hope to put their second brains to use, the challenges they still expect to have to overcome, and how automation will play a key role in making their stored dat...

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Dennis and Tom have been pushing collaboration tech for, like, ever, but life in the age of COVID-19 finally forced lawyers to get on board. So, where is this tech at now? And, before the profession pats itself on the back too much, are lawyers really doing much more than using Zoom? Dennis and Tom discuss new trends in collaboration tech and offer their take on how lawyers can best explore and utilize these tools to work with clie...

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For many, mounting frustrations toward major social media networks have led them to consider quitting altogether. But, where will those who still want to maintain connections go? Dennis and Tom discuss some of the smaller social media platforms that have been growing in popularity and whether they might be well-suited to lawyers. For those seeking more meaningful interactions, better privacy, or perhaps a more focused community, ni...

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Dennis and Tom have zeroed in on their top pick for organizing their personal knowledge management project, the Second Brain. Having both come to the conclusion that Notion is the right tool for the job, Dennis and Tom dig into why they like it and how its capabilities effectively serve the needs of the project.

Next, is Dennis a hashtag genius or not? In their second segment, a skeptical Tom grills Dennis on his creative new appro...

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In keeping with their annual tradition, Dennis and Tom share their technology and podcast resolutions to ring in the new year. They take a look back at the resolutions they made for 2020, discussing the progress they made and which goals they met. Then, they look forward to 2021, outlining the importance of making specific, measurable, and achievable goals related to technology and discussing what they hope to accomplish for the po...

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December 18, 2020 42 min

The Kennedy-Mighell Report is wrapping up the year in their traditional style! Joined once again by Debbie Foster, Dennis and Tom recap 2020 with “Pardon the Interruption”-style segments, including Toss Up, What’s the Word, and their very own Buzzword Bingo. They exchange views on many of the latest hot topics in legal, hashing out COVID-era changes, rapid tech adoption, access to justice, and much more.

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Throughout the pandemic, online platforms for video have experienced a major uptick in use. From YouTube to TikTok and more, users around the world are creating and consuming video content at a rapid pace. Should lawyers be riding this wave? Dennis and Tom talk about the potential audiences legal professionals could reach, different video formats to consider, and the pros and cons for several of the more popular platforms. In their...

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November 20, 2020 46 min

Time to get organized! Dennis and Tom are moving along to the next phase of their Second Brain project—taking their captured data and deciding how to best classify and catalogue it. With easy, effective data access in mind, they talk about their preferred organizational structures, hash out their tendencies toward both apple-pie order and thinly veiled chaos, and examine the tools they think will be most helpful to their unique sen...

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Virtual reality may not immediately strike lawyers as useful to their practice, but a deeper look at this versatile tech reveals a multitude of possibilities for the profession. New VR uses are cropping up all over the legal world, from law students training to litigation applications for more powerful storytelling to simple programs that prep clients for the courtroom. Dennis and Tom talk about their personal experiences with VR t...

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Many law firms looking for a secure and mobile collaboration platform in the midst of the pandemic have turned to Microsoft Teams, but many lawyers still aren’t aware of the extent of its capabilities. Dennis and Tom welcome Karuana Gatimu to help legal professionals understand how Microsoft Teams can aid both them and their clients in legal matters and how to get the training they need to use it successfully.

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Ranging from mildly awkward to seriously cringeworthy, the lawyer’s experience of selling legal services to prospective clients is one many wish they could forgo. But, can they? Dennis and Tom hear a resounding yes from Bob Moesta, author of “Demand-Side Sales 101: Stop Selling and Help Your Customers Make Progress.” Bob coaches listeners on how to view sales through the lens of the buyer and help clients make the progress they nee...

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Given the advances in technology over the last few years, the question of whether lawyers should code needs some revision. Today’s movement toward low-code/no-code applications has created new opportunities for those with little to no coding experience, so should lawyers learn to use them? Dennis and Tom unpack this topic with attorneys in mind and offer their take on the benefits and challenges involved in working with low- and no...

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The new environment brought about by COVID-19 has spurred change in nearly all aspects of our lives, and the practice of law is transforming rapidly as a result. While many of these changes are moving the legal profession in a positive direction, there are still many areas of marked uncertainty. Dennis and Tom welcome Gina Bianchini to discuss how this unique moment in history is the perfect time to build collaborative online commu...

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August 28, 2020 41 min

The Second Brain continues to come to life! With ease and simplicity in mind, Dennis and Tom discuss the content capture tools they are considering as they move forward with the project. They hash out their vetting processes for these tools and share which apps’ capabilities have impressed them thus far. In their second segment, they discuss the current buzz surrounding GPT-3 in the AI sphere.

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Learning has changed dramatically in recent years, but many law firms continue to use antiquated professional development tactics that lack real impact for learners. Dennis & Tom talk with Kelly Palmer about how she helps professionals broaden their definition of learning to develop meaningful pathways for building skills. She discusses her book, “The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete...

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Collaboration has become essential in today’s complex world, and research-based strategies can help you do it better! Dennis & Tom welcome Dr. Heidi Gardner to discuss her practical experience and academic research on collaboration and how lawyers can benefit from her insights into the legal profession by becoming a more effective team.

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can u...

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